MetroPCS today announced that it has signed agreements with Disney/ABC so that it may provide video content from ABC Entertainment, ABC Family, ABC News, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and ESPN through its MetroSTUDIO Video On Demand application. The MetroSTUDIO application is available to MetroPCS's LTE-equipped devices and is included with the $60 monthly LTE service plan. The app offers streamed video clips and full-length programs. With the new Disney/ABC content, a total of 20 channels will be available to MetroPCS subscribers. The app will run on the Samsung Craft and Galaxy Indulge, and the LG Esteem.
MetroPCS today announced the LG Esteem, the company's third 4G LTE phone. Nearly identical to the LG Revolution for Verizon, the Esteem differs only in the amount of internal memory (8 GB on the Esteem) and the frequency bands it supports for LTE, to match Metro's network. The phone is marketed as being media-centric. For an extra $10/month, consumers can choose unlimited music streaming from Rhapsody, or streaming video content from MetroSTUDIO. The phone sports Android 2.3, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel main camera, front camera, 4.3-inch display, TV output via HDMI (wired) and DLNA (wireless), and 8GB of built-in memory plus a memory card slot. It goes on sale "this week" for $349, although a $100 mail-in rebate brings the total down to $249.